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Travelogue: Needles, California

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The first travelogue for Electric Route 66 is a trip that actually predates the web site: in September my wife and I had a Sunday afternoon and evening available to visit Needles, California; the urge to road trip with our new car was irresistible! Our main goal was to visit Rosie at Fender's River Road Resort, and get this great Route 66 location set up on PlugShare. Whatever Route 66 sights we could take in around Needles would be a bonus.

It's about 125 miles to Needles from our home base in northwest Las Vegas. This is an easy trip in a Tesla such as our Model 3, but for other types of electric vehicles it can be more problematic. The Mojave Desert is a difficult area for EVs because of the small settlements, and large distances between them. For a shorter range EV it's a good idea to top off at the edge of the nearest 'civilization' before heading in.  While it's over 100 miles from our home, it's only about 90 miles to Needles from the edge of the Las…